Combat Identification: A Summary of the Literature, Function Flow Analysis and Decision Requirements Analysis


  1. Famewo, J.J.
  2. Martin, L.E.B.
  3. Zobarich, R.M.
  4. Vilhena, P.G.S.
  5. Lamoureux, T.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
This report synthesizes and summarizes the findings of four previous contract reports related to modelling the Combat Identification (CID) task as performed by individual mounted or dismounted soldiers in a Land Force context. The four previous reports include: Combat ID Literature Review (Vilhena, Zobarich, & Lamoureux, 2007); Models of Information Aggregation Pertaining to Combat Identification: A Review of the Literature (Famewo, Matthews, & Lamoureux, 2007); Function Flow Analysis for the Combat Identification Process (Bruyn Martin, Famewo, Zobarich, & Lamoureux, 2007); and, Decision Requirements Analysis for the Combat Identification Process (Famewo, Bruyn Martin, Zobarich, & Lamoureux, 2007). Overall this work fulfils a need for documentation of the CID process and analysis of literature that addresses the human information processing aspects of CID. We have identified four main CID functions (prepare for the mission, perform mounted/dismounted functions, take action and evaluate action) that have been decomposed down to the task level. For each of the main CID functions specific decisions were identified and analyzed. With respect to CID decision making tasks, we concluded that the nature of CID tasks require that soldiers take advantage of methods by which decision making can be accelerated, such as heuristics and recognition-primed decision making.

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Combat identification;Function flow;Decision requirements;Literature review;Combat identification;CID;Heuristics;Recognition primed decision;Threshold models;Situation awareness
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2007-123 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
20 Aug 2007
Number of Pages
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